Sailor Dies in Capsize of America's Cup Boat

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The America

The Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran, an America's Cup entry from Sweden, lies capsized after flipping over during training in San Francisco Bay on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in San Francisco. / AP Photo/Noah Berger

Associated Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The America's Cup sailor who perished in the San Francisco Bay after his team's space-age yacht capsized during a training run was an Olympic gold medalist from the United Kingdom.

Artemis Racing says Andrew "Bart" Simpson died Thursday after the capsized boat's platform trapped him underwater for about 10 minutes around 1 p.m. PDT.

Artemis says Simpson served as the Swedish team's strategist and had won one Olympic gold and one silver medal. Fire officials say he was 36.

Artemis says doctors "afloat" with the team and on shore couldn't revive Simpson after he was freed from the wreckage.


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